By Kevin Williams
This is just one of these posts that I couldn't quite pull off, so I'm I'm just sort of doing this "freestyle" with a little bit in the post for everyone.
I've been writing about grocery stores the past couple of days, but what about "convenience stores", you know those "grab-n-go" type of places? Those seem to have really exploded onto the scene when I was a kid, most of the chains seem to have been gobbled up by larger ones. I don't know if any of these chains are still around, but does anyone remember these:
KING KWIK: This was a chain of bright, clean convenience stores in my area...Greater Cincinnati....but were they elsewhere? Or just Cincinnati?
CONVENIENT FOOD MART: This was a, well, convenient chain...a tiny grocery store that I can remember my Mom darting in for cottage cheese or milk. My town used to have a couple Convenient Food Marts, but both are long gone.
STOP N GO: I remember going to this one a lot while visiting friends in Worthington, Ohio as a kid (a Columbus suburb)...on a warm summer day we'd all walk to the "Stop N Go" to get a soda or some candy. Are these stores still around anywhere?
WHITE VILLA: I have very vague memories of this. I believe it was a chain and there was a "White Villa" grocer in our town, a tiny convenience store sized place in a kind of run-down part of town. Anyone remember White Villa?
Not the best photo in the world, since it is a picture of a very old picture (sheesh, if the picture, though, is very old, that means I am very old)....okay, so let's just say a picture of a vintage picture. Yea, I like that better. My brother and me on the first day of school in 1976. We were living overseas in the United Arab Emirates at the time (my Dad worked in international sales)....not sure about that 70s attire!
THROWBACK RECIPE: BROWN SUGAR DUMPLINGS
This is a very old recipe for an Amish dessert favorite. These are easy to make and delicious! Click here for brown sugar dumplings.